The 1000 Islands Brewing Company wears a few hats – but they all lead to quality. Whether the brewery, distillery or cidery, 1000 Islands Brewing stands apart, still diving into new things while also holding fast to tradition.
Good things have been brewing at 1000 Islands Brewing Co. in Downtown Brockville for five years now, making incredible strides in establishing itself on the brewing scene while also encompassing a beer store and trendy brew pub.
The roots of 1000 Islands Brewing Co. were set down in 2018, when the brewery started producing four of its flagship beers: Amber, Pale Ale, Lager and Wheat. Owain Devlin, Brewmaster at 1000 Islands Brewing Co., said the site at 65 King St. West was once a sports store, but the building dates back to 1895 and it needed extensive renovations to transform it into a brewery and pub. He remembers holes being cut in the floor to accommodate the brewing equipment set up – but he also remembers how the character of the building shone through with each small part of refurbishment. “The more it was renovated, the more beauty of the building was found,” Devlin said, noting its heritage stone walls and windows.
The doors were officially opened to the public in 2019 as a brewpub, pouring heart and soul into weaving the brewery into the community fabric.
Devlin has clearly developed his own brewing style that both locals and visitors have responded to. He comes to 1000 Islands Brewing after many years in the hospitality industry backed by education. Devlin aims to continue providing a safe place welcome to all; a place where people feel comfortable to enjoy craft beer and spirits close to home. “We like to be a community hub for our locals,” Devlin said.
And that it is. The brewery is just part of 1000 Islands Brewing, accented by a beer store, large friendly pub space, brewery tours, patio and merch area all set to welcome guests with open arms. Devlin feels that what sets 1000 Islands Brewing apart is holding true to more traditional ways of brewing.
“We like to have fun and experiment with new flavours and techniques but ultimately we stand by the notion that we should do the basics very well first and foremost,” Devlin said. “We keep our beer relatively simple so it’s approachable to everyone to enjoy.”
To that end, 1000 Islands Brewing Co. makes more than 20 different products so there’s truly something for everyone. The most popular beer is definitely the lager and amber, but Devlin said there’s a surprising frontrunner in the mix, too. “That would have to be our brown ale,” he said. “I find the recipe too sweet and I am always tinkering with it slightly, but everyone seems to love it!”
Always staying fresh, 1000 Islands Brewing Co. typically releases new brews according to season. Right now, their Rauchbier and Pumpkin Ale is available for fall. The limited edition Rauchbier reportedly has a smoked beechwood essence with hints of dark chocolate and raisin. Devlin said they’ll be launching a new porter soon, along with their cozy Christmas Ale in the next few weeks. (We hear the Christmas Ale tastes like gingerbread… the ultimate stocking stuffer!) Also on tap and in the 1000 Islands Brewing beer store is Pumpkin Ale for all the autumn vibes.
If you’re not sure what to try first, the beer flights at the pub are a super way to enjoy your favs or mix it up and try the newest seasonals.
But it’s not just beer that is expertly crafted at 1000 Islands Brewing Co. – they also produce vodka and cider with gin coming soon to the lineup. In addition to bottles being sold storefront, they also use their own 1000 Islands Distillery vodka to make the cocktails in the pub. Devlin said it’s an easy, clean vodka that makes for great mixed drinks.
The menu at the Brew Pub is drool-worthy. From loaded bruschetta to spaghetti nights for the kids, to protein bowls and the cheesiest pizza around, the offerings are bursting with healthy flavours that hit the spot – and of course pair perfectly with something from the bar.
Alongside a memorable meal, there are events that draw a crowd: weekly trivia league, special themed trivia nights, paint nights and an upcoming Santa Pub Crawl in December. Often parties and private functions can be seen in the space, in addition to friend groups, family gatherings and regular patrons.
Be sure to pop by for a pint and meal at the pub, a brewery tour, or just to grab a few cans for the evening at the retail beer store. Don’t hesitate to ask for a brewery tour if you’re into the process! Check out 1000 Islands Brewing at 65 King St. West, Brockville, www.1000islandsbrewery.ca or follow along on Instagram @1000islandsbrewing or on Facebook @1000islandsbrewery.